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Billy Shears T 
Bourbon Street T 
Cake Walk T 
Hurtin' Fer Certain. T,TR 
Jackal, The T 
Left Hand Mantel T 
Oh Mama Mama T 
Pink Flamin' Go T,TR 
Tourist Attraction T,TR 
Whiskey Crack T 
Whiskey Dick T,S 
Zig Zag T 

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Submitted By: Kirk Woerner on Sep 18, 2003
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Bouldering to the right of the Big Roof, 1973. No...


The left side of the first buttress is known as the Sun Deck area and has many interesting and easily accessable climbs on it. Many are accessed from the Sun Deck which can be reached by a walk up on the left side and some 4th class scrambling. This is a favorite hangout for climbers in the 5.10 range since Zig Zag is an exposed 5.9+ lead which then gives access to some harder top-roping possibilities. Also, by leading the easier Jackel, Zig Zag itself can be top-roped. There are also a couple of world class 5.12 test pieces which pull the very impressive roof as well as numerous bouldering problems at the base of Tourist Attraction.

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12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sun Deck:
Tourist Attraction   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Jackal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Left Hand Mantel   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Zig Zag   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Oh Mama Mama   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 270'   
Whiskey Crack   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
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Whiskey Crack - the Tom Pulaski 5.10 testpiece.

Whiskey Crack 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Gunnison : ... : Sun Deck
Whiskey Crack is an absolute classic and one of the original Taylor Canyon testpieces. In my day, if you could lead Whiskey Crack, you had arrived.The climbing of crux pitch involves steep technical face climbing and thin crack work over small wired pro. The tendency is to try to snug into the v groove for security, but the key is to stay on the outside. This is a stellar route....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Heather on "Left handed Mantel" 5.7? (1976) <br /> <br />The "mantel" is directly above her head.
Heather on "Left handed Mantel" 5.7? (1976)

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Sierra on the Sun Deck.
Sierra on the Sun Deck.
Better Beta photo than I submitted above.
BETA PHOTO: Better Beta photo than I submitted above.
Sun Deck   Notice climber on Zig Zag 5.8+ (at least that's what we rated it 30 yrs ago).
BETA PHOTO: Sun Deck Notice climber on Zig Zag 5.8+ (at leas...
(1) Tourist Attraction <br />(2) Hurtin for Certain <br />(3) Left Hand Mantel <br />(4) Awkward and Wide <br />(5) Crescent Crack <br />(6) Jackel <br />(7) Inner Space <br />(8) Cake Walk <br />(9) Zig Zag <br />(10) Bourbon Street <br />(11) On The Wagon <br />(12) Whiskey Crack <br />(13) Oh Mama Mama <br />(14) Welcome to China <br />(15) Double Time at Sues's
BETA PHOTO: (1) Tourist Attraction
(2) Hurtin for Certain
(3) ...
First Buttress from the road
First Buttress from the road

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From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Jul 27, 2007
In the beta photo, the "straight-up" crack to the right of the climber is Whiskey Crack and the finger crack that leans first right and then left is Oh Mamma Mamma.